Admissions - September 2021
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older
- A minimum of six (6) Grade 12 courses, including four (4) required U level courses and two (2) additional U or M level courses (Higher averages are often required for admission due to competition for available spaces in the program.)
- The following Grade 12 U courses are required:
- English (ENG4U)
- One (1) Grade 12 Mathematics course from the following: Advanced Functions (MHF4U) OR Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U) OR Mathematics of Data Management (MDM4U)
- Grade 12 Biology (SBI4U) with a minimum mark of 75% (Higher marks are often required.)
- Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH4U) with a minimum mark of 75% (Higher marks are often required.)
- Two (2) other Grade 12 U or M courses
- For admission requirements for Fall 2022, please see the McMaster University website at: https://nursing.mcmaster.ca/prospective-students/admission
Note re: admission requirements
- Applicants applying directly from Ontario secondary schools must apply with the completion of the Grade 12 U or M course requirements and have not attended any post-secondary educational program.
- For further information on the BScN Program, please see the McMaster University website at: https://nursing.mcmaster.ca/prospective-students/admission
- Transcripts from institutions previously attended must be submitted to the College. Failure to do so may result in rescinding an offer of acceptance.
- All prospective nursing students should be aware that the College of Nurses of Ontario has outlined the requisite skills and abilities necessary to practice nursing in the province of Ontario. We encourage applicants to consider these requisite skills and the document from the Council of Ontario University Programs in Nursing carefully as part of the preparation to pursue a nursing career. These requisite skills can be found on the following link: https://nursing.mcmaster.ca/prospective-students/admission/ontario-requirements-for-bscn-study
- Applicants who have attended university must submit all university transcripts. This includes all Canadian and international universities. Failure to do so will result in withdrawal of the offer of admission. The university transcripts WILL BE used as the basis of admission. Applicants must achieve a cumulative average of at least B (75%) in all university degree credit courses taken. A minimum of 12 units or equivalent are required. (These courses may be taken as a full-time or part-time student. University correspondence degree courses are acceptable.) University degree credit courses completed prior to admission will be assessed for advanced credit following admission to the program.Effective Fall 2021: APPLICANTS WITH A UNIVERSITY DEGREE OR UNIVERSITY DEGREE CREDITSTo be considered for this category, applicants must:Achieve a cumulative average of at least B in all university degree credit courses taken. If applicants have not taken university science courses, then they must have obtained a B in Chemistry 12U and Biology 12U in Ontario Secondary School curriculum.A minimum of 12 units with final grades or equivalent are required no later than February 1. Possession of this cumulative average does not guarantee an offer of admission due to the limited number of spots available and the higher number of applicants.
- Applicants who have successfully completed a one-year pre-health sciences for advanced diplomas and degrees program (no exemptions or equivalencies) at an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) will be considered for admission to Level I of the BScN program at all sites. The program must include two terms (two credits) of biology, chemistry, mathematics, English and two other courses and achieve at least a 75% in each of the biology and chemistry courses. PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who have attended university cannot use the pre-health sciences program as their basis of admission.
- The one-year pre-health sciences for advanced diplomas and degrees program is the ONLY college program that meets admission requirements for this degree program.
- Applicants to the BScN program using a pre-health sciences for advanced diplomas and degrees program as the basis for admission should be aware that the full pre-health sciences program (no exemptions or equivalencies) should be completed in the year immediately prior to the applicant’s anticipated start date in the BScN program. Note: Transfer credit will not be granted for any pre-health sciences courses.
- Each student granted admission must be proficient in the use of the English language. Students will be expected to speak and write clearly and correctly in English.
- Applicants with transcripts from institutions where the language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency with a minimum test score on one of the following language proficiency tests or equivalent scores from another internationally recognized English language test:
- IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
- TOEFL iBT 88
- CAEL 70, no sub-test band score less than 60
- PTE Academic 58
- Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6
- You may be exempted from this requirement if you meet one of the following requirements:
- Attended, in full-time academic studies, an accredited secondary school (high school) or post-secondary college in an English-speaking country for at least three years, OR
- Attended, in full-time academic studies, an accredited English medium secondary school (high school) for at least three years, OR
- Attended, in full-time academic studies, an accredited English medium university for at least one year, OR
- Resided in an English-speaking country for at least four years immediately prior to application to Conestoga.
- It is your responsibility to make all arrangements regarding the writing of any English language proficiency test and to have the official score report forwarded to the Office of the Registrar in a timely manner.
- Academic strength is calculated by averaging all submitted Grade 12 marks (or equivalent) of the required subjects and two additional U or M courses. If more than two additional courses are submitted, the courses with the highest marks will be used.
- All applicants are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer™) as part of the admission process. Further information will be sent to applicants after the application has been received by Conestoga. A sample of the(CASPer™) test content may be found at the following link: http://takecasper.com/sample-casper-content/
- Testing dates for the Fall 2021 academic year are as follows:
- Thursday, October 15th @ 5:00 pm
- Thursday, October 22nd @ 5:00 pm
- Tuesday, November, 24th @ 5:00 pm
- Tuesday, January 12th @ 5:00 pm
- Thursday, February 11th @ 5:00 and 8:00 pm
- Sunday, February 28th @ 1:00 and 4:00 pm
- Final selection is made using a formula that combines academic strength with the score on the CASPer™ assessment.
- Please note, offers for this program will not be going out until all CASPer test results have been received, mid-term grades from high schools and 2nd semester Pre-Health final grades have been submitted, which will be by mid May.
- Mandatory work-integrated learning (WIL) health and safety requirements must be completed by students prior to student field/clinical WIL experiences. Successful WIL completion is required for students to progress to program completion. To qualify for field/clinical WIL learning experiences, students must present the following at the start of the program in accordance with pre-admission information provided by the College:
- A complete immunization record including MMR, polio, Tdap, varicella, and hepatitis B. Seasonal flu vaccination is required during flu season (October - March).
- TB Testing: Evidence of current 2-step or previous 2-step + current 1-step if more than one year has passed since 2-step testing.
- Standard First Aid and CPR - HCP or BLS level (must be completed in Canada)
- An annual Police Check for Vulnerable Sector Screening (VSS) to be completed in Canada. Police Checks must be clear of any unpardoned criminal offences. An unclear criminal record may result in the inability to participate in WIL experiences which will jeopardize progress in the program. Acceptance for WIL is at the discretion of the agency; some agencies may request students to provide a VSS completed within six months of WIL start date. Students with criminal records are advised to meet with the program chair for academic counselling to determine program suitability.
- Students are responsible for costs associated with respirator fit testing required for WIL experience.
Pre-Workplace-Integrated Learning (WIL) FAQ
You are taking the first steps to becoming a professional through your program at Conestoga College.
Realizing your vision of having a high performing career in your field of choice requires that you start your program having met the same safety and health (if applicable) requirements that are mandatory for new employees in your field. The WIL document requirements that are mandatory for your program can be found under the WIL Document Forms tab within the myConestoga WIL Document Services community.
Pathways and credit transfer
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College. Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.